Laid out in clearly identifiable sections and categories, the MUVE school programme for the academic year 2015-16 is designed for easy use and consultation. For each museum and for temporary exhibitions (all which take place in autumn 2015 and thus are opportunities to be take advantage of as quickly as possible), the activities are divided into two main types – interactive visits and workshops – with the intended class level for each clearly indicated.
Interactive Visits: The Vivid Museum
These guided visits are, as the title suggests, interactive in design and intended to make the encounter with the museum a vivid experience. Finely-tailored to the needs of each class and age level, they enable students to grasp the essential features of the museum collection, giving a full impression of its wealth and range whilst also providing a personalised approach that focuses on specific themes.
This means, of course, that the length and design of each visit can be modified to meet the particular needs of the teacher. With regard to primary schools and the first years of secondary school, the interactive visits always include teaching materials and compilation exercises, so through play and narrative the children can include the experience of visiting the museum within their normal class work.
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The Workshops: “If I just listen, I forget. It is through seeing that I remember and through doing that I understand.”
Designed primarily, but not exclusively, for younger schoolchildren, these workshops always envisage a preliminary part in which the participants gain direct experience of the museum, engaging their senses and emotions whilst making them familiar with the artistic or scientific wealth it contains.
Thereafter come the practical activities, which either take place in specially equipped educational spaces or in the exhibition rooms themselves. Inspired by an active approach to teaching and learning, these workshops include manual activities and experimentation; enabling the children to gain more immediate experience of the particular scientific and artistic contents of the specific museum, such practical endeavour allows them to explore that which it would be pointless to approach at a purely theoretical level.
The children also get to keep any objects and works produced during these workshops, a souvenir that makes the whole experience more meaningful for them.
Both the interactive visits and the workshops are designed to allow all children to participate, and they can also be modified in order to meet specific needs of class members.